For a third successive year I made my way to East Meets West, and this year I anticipated something special. Rather than the usual Theatre Royal, the show was moved to the impressive IndigO2, inside, what will always be known to me as, the Millennium Dome. The unusually high level of buzz I was getting about the event, since I knew many of the upcoming performers this year, did a splendid job of building suspense at the start of the term.
Unfortunately, the show had a rather ill-fated start. Delays on the Jubilee line meant that a large proportion of the seats were empty at the beginning, which had it’s up side for those late members of the audience, as they missed part of the terrible performance of host Paul Chowdhry. Chowdrhy set the benchmark on how not to do racial comedy; with a broad range mediocre jokes about various cultures; a highly repetitive (and limited) attempt at “funny gangster speak”, a testament to Einstien’s definition of insanity; and the bizarre idea that all white people are called “Dave”. At one point, a member of the audience comically walked up to the stage after taking offense to a joke Chowdhry made about Chinese people. Every nerve in the entertainment-seeking portions of my brain (effectively all of it) were hoping he would steal the spotlight and replace Chowdhry as host, but sadly that was not to be.
Beyond that, the show was amazing as always. One major improvement in IndigO2 over the Theatre Royal was the sound system. Subwoofers that shook the thread out of my shirt and almost propelled me upwards at particularly epic moments. This complemented the dances perfectly, and brought me ever closer to leaping up and busting some of my own moves. Fortunately for the dancers, I refrained.
Highlight performances, for me, were funkology, who gave their consistently stunning display of hip hop and street dance. Dangerous also brought the heat with their award winning Michael Jackson style routine that managed to overshadow all other MJ references made by the other performers. Once again, I will mention the Light Opera Society and, once again, I have to praise the performance of Luminère who lit up the stage with his vocals. Someone really needs to tell me his name!!
It was a close call deciding who the best performance of the night was, but I have to give it to Funkadelics (choosing an Ellie Goulding track was a big factor in that decision). Very cool hip-hop dancing, stunningly choreographed, absolutely sensational.
I have nothing but respect for the Indian Society. Three years of a consistently polished, highly professional show, which you would never believe was produced by students in their spare time. Everyone involved works unbelievably hard to get everything sorted and it’s a show no Imperial students should miss. Can’t wait till next year!!
Thanks for reading,